Quays plan takes a big step forward

By David tucker

Published 15/10/2016 | 00:00

Cllr Frank Staples, Mayor of Wexford; Tom Enright, Chief Executive, Wexford County Council; Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council; Angie Laffan, Manager, Wexford Borough District; Philip Jackson, Scott Tallon Walker Architects; and Ollie Tierney, Head of Special Projects, Wexford County Council
Cllr Frank Staples, Mayor of Wexford; Tom Enright, Chief Executive, Wexford County Council; Cllr. Paddy Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach, Wexford County Council; Angie Laffan, Manager, Wexford Borough District; Philip Jackson, Scott Tallon Walker Architects; and Ollie Tierney, Head of Special Projects, Wexford County Council

Wexford County Council's plans to comprehensively regenerate a huge area of Wexford Town Quays have taken a major step forward with the signing of a contract with Scott Tallon Walker Architects.

The regeneration plan extends to more than 130 acres, covering the area between the North and South Main Streets and the Quayfront, and also extending from 1798 Street to Trinity Wharf.

The project will see currently disconnected parts of the town linked, prividing an improved streetscape.

Mayor Frank Staples described it as a vision as 'defining and enhancing those characteristics that would entice investment in Wexford'.

'The Wexford Quays area has tremendous potential to attract investment to Wexford and to act as a driver of economic activity for the entire town. This Plan will provide a path to unlock that potential and as it unfolds, it will also provide a vehicle for consultation and consideration of many different options and opportunities for this highly important area of Wexford Town,' he said.

Tony Larkin, Director of Services at Wexford County Council said the regeneration project will include the preparation of a Spatial Implementation and Economic Development Plan.

'This plan will be prepared by Scott Tallon Walker and will involve considerable stakeholder consultation. We anticipate that the completion of this ambitious regeneration project will result in significant improvements in vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the plan area, facilitate regeneration of disused sites and create important linkages between the Quayfront and the North and South Main Streets,' he said.

The overall project area includes the development of Trinity Wharf and the Crescent area and these, together with other key sites within the Plan area, will act as strong attractors for new business to Wexford. The project will be funded through a partnership arrangement between Wexford County Council and private business investment with part-funding by the European Regional Development.

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